I’m focusing only on beaded sculpture right now. I put off beadwork for years because I was getting tired of the flat 2d box I felt I was in. Sculpture has solved that. It is pure pleasure to create and I’m very inspired.
This one is created with found objects, seed beads, apoxie sculpt clay, a raccoon skull and solder.
Six years ago today I was finishing up these embroidered beadwork pieces to show at a Sacramento gallery, Blooming Art. I had fifteen pieces in that show and still have to find the rest of the photos. These popped up on my facebook Timehop app today and I was so happy to see them!
Hand beaded and framed, they looked great on the gallery walls. This was a fun show for me though making the pieces became difficult as my Aunt got sick and was dying toward the end of the process. I was having a hard time with it, the creativity started waning and that’s when the robots came into play. My last 3 pieces were robots.
I was looking for something other than the typical crystals and stones to add to my metal jewelry. I went for a search in the garage and discovered some of my old glass paintings. I KNEW I would use them someday… hammer, check! Safety glasses, check! I used the copper tape stained glass technique and began creating. I LIKE them…
Last year I decided that 2d flat beadwork was getting to be too limiting for my ideas. I had been sewing beadwork on fabric for wall hangings since the early 90’s with some years of non production sprinkled in. Beadwork is exhausting. I decided to try sculptural beadwork with glue rather than sewing. Of course I was thinking it would be “so much easier”. I did a huichol inspired toy car I stole from one of my kids. Then I grabbed a ceramic bird, flipped the beads upright, and proceeded to work out a technique, learning through trial and error. Here is my first large piece in progress. I am 167 hours in so far. I have decided it’s going to be added to a wooden alter to stabilize the plastic body from moving or flexing. Go BIG!
I Love metal. It’s a new medium for me. I now have 4 soldering guns, two torches, a flux core welder and am pondering getting an oxy/acetylene torch to do cutting and brazing. Creating with metal just feels good.